Frederick Man Sentenced to 15 Years in Prison for Three Armed Robberies

- MARYLAND - A Frederick man was sentenced Monday to 15 years in prison, followed by five years of supervised release, in connection to three armed robberies and for brandishing a gun during a crime of violence. 

According to Steven Ray Williams' plea agreement, on Dec. 10, 2011, Williams and a co-conspirator robbed a store in the 15000 block of Frederick Road in Gaithersburg, Maryland. Williams and the other suspect pointed a handgun at the employee, ordering the worker to open the safe.

After the employee opened the safe, Williams and the other suspect wrapped the worker's arms and ankles with duct tape, and fled the store with $6,000 in store proceeds, as well as the employee's cell phone and wallet. 

On March 7, 2012 Williams and another person robbed the same store, wrapping duct tape around one of the employee's wrists and forced the other store employee at gunpoint to open the safe. They then duct tapped that employee's wrists, and fled the store with $2,700 in store proceeds, as well as a cell phone. 

And on Sept. 16, 2012, Williams and another person robbed a store located in the 6300 block of New Hampshire Avenue in Takoma Park, Maryland. One of the suspects waited outside the store while Williams and another person entered the store. After the last customer left, one suspect locked the door while Williams took out a gun, pointed it at a store employee and ordered the employee to take him to the store office where the manager was counting money. 

After entering the office, Williams threw the employee to the floor and another person tied the employee's hands and feet using flex cuffs. Williams held a gun to the manager's neck while Williams and another suspect collected the money. The two eventually ran out the back door with about $800, but as they attempted to flee, they left the money outside the store. 

United State Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein praised the ATF, Montgomery County Police Department, and Takoma Park Police Department for their work in the investigation. 

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